3 to 4tbspwaterplus 1 cups water for the inner pot
¾cupcoconut gratedif using frozen, thaw it to room temperature.
2tbspsugar or to taste
Prepare the Puttu Flour:
In a bowl, add the puttu flour and salt. Mix it well.
Now add water 1 tbsp at a time and gently mix. The flour should be wet, but it should have cornmeal consistency/sand consistency.
Consistency check - When you take a small amount of flour in your fist, and press it should form a shape like below. You should be able to break it back to the cornmeal consistency again. So add water as needed.
Assembling the Puttu:
Now spread ¼ cup of the grated coconut in the steamer rack or basket, as shown below. If you are using a steamer basket with slightly big holes, place a plate beneath the steamer just during layering.
Then spread half of the prepared ragi flour on top of the coconut. We are forming an alternate layer of coconut and ragi flour.
Now add ¼ more cup of grated coconut on top of the ragi flour and spread it.
Next, add the remaining ragi flour, followed by the coconut. Here is my layered puttu mix.
Steaming the Puttu:
Add 1 cup of water to the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
Then place the tall trivet or the egg rack and then the steamer basket on top of it.
Make sure the vent is in the sealing position, and the sealing ring is on.
Close the Instant Pot and Pressure cook the puttu for 8 minutes at high-pressure mode and let the pressure release naturally. The pressure releases pretty fast. Mine went down in 6 minutes.
Mixing and Serving:
Let the puttu cool for 5 minutes and gently mix. I usually add sugar and serve it along with a banana. But if you are planning to serve it with any curries, skip the sugar.
Serve hot in your desired way either with kadala curry or with sugar.
If you are using a store-bought puttu mix made with white rice, then you can steam it for 4 to 5 minutes. But if you are using wheat or red rice-based puttu powder, steam it for 6 to 8 minutes.
I did not roast the ragi flour, and we did not have any raw smell issues. But if you are particular about it, please roast the ragi flour without adding any oil for 30 to 45 seconds over medium-low heat. Let it cool and then mix it with water.
We love our puttu with sugar, so I mix it with sugar while serving, but that's completely optional.
Coconut Measure - As you can see, my coconut measure is more than ragi flour. Again, it's our personal choice, especially with ragi flour, we liked it that way. But you can use ⅓ to ½ of grated coconut for this measure.
For this ragi flour measure, you will need between 3 to 4 tbsp of water or the max 5 tbsp but not more than that.